Coventry Law Centre spearheads Discrimination Awareness Campaign
19 July 2006
Coventry Law Centre is working in partnership with the Equalities and Communities Theme Group of the Coventry Partnership to co-ordinate a campaign to raise awareness of discrimination and the rights people have if they find that they have been discriminated against.
The key message from the campaign is that discrimination can happen to anyone.
Discrimination can be because of an individual’s race, religion or belief, their age, their gender or sexual preference, the fact that they are disabled, or sometimes it occurs specifically in connection with immigration.
When discrimination occurs the person affected will not always be protected by the law, but the volume of legislation is increasing and more and more situations are being covered.
The Discrimination Awareness Campaign is supported by Coventry City Council and was launched by Cllr Andy Matchet, the Cabinet Member on Coventry City Council for Neighbourhoods, Health and Equality. A wide range of community groups and other organisations attended and participated in workshops before being asked to sign up to support the campaign.
Sue Bent, Director of Coventry Law Centre, said “The campaign got off to a brilliant start. We already have pledges from over 50 organisations that they will support what we are doing. They will display posters and give out leaflets, and encourage anyone who may have suffered discrimination that it is always worth doing something about it. Many people think there is nothing that can be done. The message we need to get out is that there is often something that CAN be done and that the Law Centre can help. We need more people to take action because they will not only be helping themselves, but they will be helping others by reducing the chances of the same thing happening to them.”
In addition to seeking support from groups working in the community to promote the campaign and inform people of their rights, the campaign will be promoted via advertising on buses in the city, as well as on a large number of billboards throughout the city centre.
Download our Discrimination Awareness Campaign leaflet ( 4.6Mb PDF file)
Download our Discrimination Awareness Campaign poster (336Kb JPEG file)